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Square Foot Gardening – What You Need To Know

What Is Square Foot Gardening?
Square foot gardening is essentially where you create a smaller bed for your gardening needs. The average size is normally 4 foot by 8 foot. Which will then be sectioned into smaller 1-foot squares. This was invented so you could grow many crops in one area and be able to care for them more easily.

Benefits of Square Gardening
Like everything, square gardening comes with many benefits.
– Your soil will not be ruined. As you are working with a smaller area you will not need to walk over the soil. Meaning it will all stay healthy and not flattened down.
– Less work and maintenance. Again, as you are working with a smaller area you will have fewer crops to care for. Meaning less time and water is taken up caring for them.
-Wider variety of crops. You will be able to offer yourself a wider variety of crops in a smaller area. Due to you sectioning your bed, you will be able to plant multiple crops in the different sections, giving you a much wider selection.

Disadvantages of Square Gardening
When there are benefits, there are always some disadvantages. These include:
-Some of the larger crops will not be able to grow in this type of garden. Due to the space being limited their growth will not thrive.
-Weeds can be a huge problem. Due to all of the plants being crammed in so closely together, it is likely that you will find weeds making their way into the mix, potentially ruining your crops.
-It does cost a lot of money to start up this garden. With you needing more materials than if you were to plant them straight into a flower bed or your allotment patch.

So, that’s the low down on square gardening. Will you be one who decides to take the leap and begin this gardening adventure?

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Bulbs Vs Seeds – What You Need To Know

When it comes the time to think about planting flowers, the big debate is always ‘do I buy seeds or blubs’? Today, we are going to help you settle this debate with yourself by sharing with you all the facts you need to know about both seeds and bulbs. Helping you decide which will be the best for you and your garden.

All You Need To Know About Seeds
Firstly, seeds will generally only grow the once. You will only see them flower the year they are planted. They will not grow back the next year meaning it may cost you a lot of money in the long run.

Seeds require very little care. Only some watering every so often after they have been planted. Due to them being the natural end of a plant’s reproduction system, they can be grown naturally from another plant that has sadly died with no care at all.

All You Need To Know About Bulbs
Unlike seeds, bulbs do not only last the year they are planted. It is likely, given the right care, that bulbs will flower again the following year and possibly more after that. They are a great reusable flower source.

Bulbs are also the very beginning of a plant’s reproduction cycle. Meaning they will in some ways require more care than seeds. You will need to ensure they are watered daily and given the correct nutrients to grow. Most of these can be found in your soil but some extra help will give you the best results.

So, these are the main facts you need to know about both seeds and bulbs. So, what will you choose? Both are as good as each other, it mainly depends on the amount of work you personally want to put into your garden and plants.

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Hand Tools Every Gardener Needs

There are lots of hand tools out there for gardeners to choose from. But not all of them are necessary. Today, we are going to share with you the hand tools we believe every gardener should have.

Weeder
A weeder is an essential hand tool for any gardener. This tool is used to remove tough and deep weeds that can not be removed by hand. It can also be used in more delicate spots of your garden to keep them looking nice.

Hand Rake
This is a must-have tool for any gardener. It is used to soften and turn the soil, as well as removing weeds. This is a needed tool as it helps to keep your garden looking its best.

Scissors
Every gardener should have a good pair of scissors to hand at all times. You never know when you will come across an unwanted weed or tough weed. Scissors will help you to cut through and remove these.

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How To Create A More Sustainable Garden

Sustainability is important in every aspect to help protect the environment. What better place to begin than with your garden. Today, we are going to share with you 3 ways to make your garden more sustainable.

Water Butt
When considering making your garden more sustainable, you should always look into installing a water butt. These are a valuable way to reuse rain wait for your garden. With the water butt collecting rainwater for you to use later.

Compost Bin
Similarly to the water butt, a compost bin is used to create your own source of compost. With you being able to put leftover food or vegetable peelings into the bin. With the help of worms, it will turn into your own compost.

Planting Trees
Planting trees is another way to help keep your garden sustainable. With trees proving shelter to your crops. As well as homes for wildlife, and fresh oxygen for you.

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Is There A Best Time Of Year To Buy Seeds?

When considering growing new plants in our gardens, most beginner gardeners will always be wondering if there is a perfect time of year to purchase seeds. The quick and simple answer to this question is no, there is never a perfect time to purchase seeds. Whenever you head out to a garden centre or supermarket, if you see some seeds you like then always consider purchasing them if your budget allows. However, we will always tell you that you should research the plant you wish to grow before purchasing the seeds. This way you know what time of year is most suitable for purchasing them. You should always purchase your seeds if you are set on the plant a month or so before, just so you have them ready. As once planting season comes around these may become popular and run out of stock. Every plant is different so the perfect time to buy their seeds will be different.

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Gardening Is Not All About Flowers

There is a huge misconception about gardening that it is all about flowers and caring for plants. But this is not the case, gardening is not all flowers. Gardening is also about wildlife, all of the animals which we can find. You do not need to have an interest in flowers to become a gardener. A simple interest in animals and caring for wildlife can make you a gardener. Wildlife needs caring for just as much as what the flowers which we plant do. It can be as simple as leaving some food out for birds or insects. To creating a potential home for some animals to live in throughout the winter months. Taking part and encouraging others to take part in caring for our wildlife does not only grow us as a person but saves the environment at the same time. Everything and everyone plays a part in keeping our environment healthy and strong.